If you'd like to see social progress, and especially if you think organized workers are the key to progress, then get involved with North Texas Jobs with Justice. Our regular 2nd Wednesday open meeting is 7 PM March 13 at 2218 E Main in Grand Prairie. We'll go over the many upcoming actions and continue our investigation on why people aren't as active as they could be.
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We can be proud of the help we extended to the Farm Workers Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in their recent action on behalf of tobacco workers in North Carolina. The AFL-CIO rep needed us to help deliver thousands of petitions to the 7-11 Corporate Headquarters at 1722 Routh Street in Downtown Dallas.
JIm McCasland, Financial Secretary Treasurer of the Dallas AFL-CIO, showed up. Romeo Munoz, new President of the Dallas AFL-CIO, was the spokesperson for the media. Channel 4 & 33 were there. CWA, UAW,and United Labor were among the unionists who joined in on the action. The President of 7-11 did not show any cooperation at all, but then we're not through, either.
Earlier, Rosemarie and I joined a very enthusiastic Amalgamated Transit Union delegation at the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) meeting in downtown Dallas. It's a pleasure to be with such dedicated workers! A bunch of them spoke to the DART Board, and they all stood up at one time.
ATU 1338 President Kenneth Day was one of the last speakers. He wasn't spewing nearly as much fire and brimstone as some of the other speakers, but he made good sense as to why the bus and train company should be decent toward their employees and passengers.
The Negotiating Committee has sent a tentative agreement to the members of Communications Workers of America Local 6171 for their vote. You may recall that most of the Eastern locals settled a couple of months ago, but many contracts are still open in the Western U.S. This contract dovers about 2,300 local employees. Their old contract expired in August, 2012, so it's been a long fight. We may have an outcome by March 14. Jobs with Justice is proud of our long participation in this (and all workers') battles!
On Monday, March 11, the American Federation of Teachers demands that Austin legislators restore over $5 billion in cuts taken away from Texas schoolchildren in the last session. Buses leave the teachers' hall on Centre & Bishop in Oak Cliff at 6:30 AM. Contact Tony Chenevert
My guest on "Workers Beat" radio talk show at 9 AM Saturday on 89.3 fm and www.knon.org will be Lewis Fulbright of the American Postal Workers Union. We'll be talking about possible massive job losses if the post office carries through with destroying Saturday mail delivery. Lewis is also well informed on the overall austerity crisis.
Rosemarie Rieger is setting up a meeting of everybody interested in helping boost the OUR Walmart association, probably around the end of the month.
Gene Lantz for North Texas Jobs with Justice
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